SONY DSCWord comes this hour that Cafe des Artistes, whose beautiful fin de siecle decor couldn’t compete with unimpressive food and service, will close before 2013 even officially ends after about a year in operation. The Alberto Lombardi concept, according to a statement, saw “acceptable business,” but the company will concentrate instead on developing its flagship concepts: Taverna and Cafe Toulouse, which were both launched on Uptown. His nearby eatery Sangria also seems to be remaining open.

Last service for Cafe des Artistes will be dinner on Dec. 28.